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Re: "Best Art Student" Award?

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Linda Kelty (lckelty)
Thu, 14 May 2099 08:03:19 -0400

Janine wrote:

>What is your opinion & suggestions for criteria for "Best Art Student"
>at the elementary school level?

I think awarding the "best" to any one student may encourage one student,
but more likely establishes an unnecessary conceit and discourages many
other students. I prefer to find strength in each student and award that,
such as a strong sense of design or color, flexible thinking, approach to
3-d work, etc..
Smaller awards, certificates or specific praise within the art room tends to
fuel the drive to learn and develop rather than resting on their laurels.
Once the student is acknowledged as "the best", where is there to grow to?
Kids don't recognize the fluidity of intellectual growth because that's all
they do...grow emotionally, academically, socially, etc.. Awards should be
phrased to allow for continued growth such as "Best Design for age __ or
grade ___". My preference is to award for voluntary participation in art
club or projects. Hope this helps. Linda K. in Iowa

>Thanks, J. Shafer
>Janine Shafer El. Art Specialist
>messages can be left at:
>Brown El. 2831 Garden Lane (616)982-4632
>Lincoln El. 1102 Orchard Ave. (616)982-4634
>St. Joseph, MI 49085